Friday, August 27, 2010

Nothing But Blue Skies Socks

Needles: 2.75mm dpn
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted 100% merino wool from The Loopy Ewe Colorway: Gemstone
Pattern: Plain stockinette pattern using 48 stitches

This is the last of my socks for August. As you can see my sock knitting mojo is back! Yay for that!

I've taken off work for most of the summer as I've dealt with some serious health issues and I'm really looking forward to going back working at the both the university main ref desk and the Archives ref desk at the end of September. I probably will not complete as many socks next month as I did in August. We'll see.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Falling Stars Socks

Needles: 2.0mm dpn
Yarn: Fingering weight 80% merino, 20% nylon 400 yards from Farmhouse Yarns purchased from Loopy Ewe. Colorway: Teal
Pattern: Blue Crush from The Joy of Sox by Linda Kopp, pp. 120-123.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another Update

When my youngest son was four, he became fascinated with earthworms. I learned more about earthworms than I ever wanted to know. Now I'm learning about breast cancer, pathology reports, medical jargon, and the medical and insurance systems and it too, is far more than I ever wanted to know.

I met with the breast surgeon yesterday. We agreed to first get confirmation that the biopsy adequately sampled the lesion. If it is we will get a third biopsy report, this one from Vanderbilt University Breast Center which my research identified as having the most experienced pathologists in diagnosing the marker the first biopsy report said I had and the second one said I didn't. If I have the marker there's a 20-30% chance I also have cancer and I'll agree to have a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy) to find out. If I don't, my medical records will be amended to show that I am not at high risk for invasive cancer. I should have the answer in a week or two. So again, I wait.

Monday, August 16, 2010

August Sock of the Month

Needles: 2.75mm dpn
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted 100% merino wool from The Loopy Ewe Colorway: Jonquil
Pattern: Merrily

I named this pair With Sprinkles thinking of an ice cream cone with sprinkles as a special summertime treat.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pink Lemonade Baby Socks

Needles: 2.25mm dpn
Yarn: From WoolCandy on Etsy
Pattern: Adaptation of Sensu from Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cool Cucumber Socks

Needles: 2.5mm dpn
Yarn: Sugar Baby Sock Yarn, 100% Superwash merino wool yarn from evermorestudios on Etsy. Colorway: Cucumber
Pattern: Kaiso from Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner

Orangeade Baby Socks

Needles: 2.25 dpn
Yarn: 100% Superwash Merino 2-ply from SeeJaneKnitYarns on Etsy. Colorway: Psychotic Pumpkin
Pattern: Modified pattern stitch from Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner Geisha pattern
Multiple of 6 stitches:
Rnds: 1-4, 6-8, and 10-12: *k1-tbl, p3, k1-tbl, p1*
Rnds 5, 9, and 13: *Skp, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, p1*

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pink Ribbons Socks and Update

Needles: 2.5mm dpn
Yarn: Koigu KPPM 2231
Pattern: Pink Ribbon

Note: Here's an update. After reading this article in the New York Times, Doubt About Pathology Opinions for Early Breast Cancer, I requested a second opinion pathology report, this one from a breast pathologist even though I was diagnosed, not with cancer, but with a non-malignant condition which is considered to be an increased risk of later breast cancer development. This diagnosis would require that I undergo an open surgical biopsy to make sure they hadn't missed cancer and would forever label me as high risk. The second pathology report stated that I did not have this condition. I now have an appointment with a breast surgeon for the 17th to determine what the next steps are.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

July Sock of the Month (Late)

Wheat Field
Needles: 2.5mm dpn
Yarn: 100% Superwash merino wool yarn, 475+ yards/100 grams/3.50 oz. Colorway: Antique Gold from evermorestudios on Etsy
Pattern: Simple Skyp, a free pattern available from Ravelry

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wheat Field Socks

I've almost finished this pair of socks, but didn't quite get them done in July. I am going on vacation for a few days and won't be able to post a photo until then. I am going to cheat, though, and call them my July Socks of the Month.